Location: West Shore – Lake Tahoe, CA
Duration: 1.5-2 hours
Elevation Change: 2,400′ – from 6,600′ to 9,000′
Recommended Map: Emerald Bay, California & Rockbound Valley, California
Map of General Route:
Bliss Peak, also known as Hidden Peak, is the short tour Tahoe City locals hit before work, or if Jake’s Peak is crowded. Bliss Peak offers world-class views and runs, but they are only in a few small spots. Consistent mature tree cover in this zone lends to relatively less avalanche danger. The powder stays good for a long time as well, but you probably won’t find fresh tracks here due to the small number of worthy slopes to ski.
Parking for Bliss Peak is found in a large, paved, plowed pull out on the east side of hwy 89. You can drive by this parking spot without notice. It is in a windy part of the road, and just north of the Bliss State Park Headquarters. Cal Trans and local law enforcement has told us that we can park here, and I haven’t heard of anyone receiving a ticket. Walk across the street and follow the skin track up to the Sierra Crest. Half way up, you will spot some steep cliffs from a bench. Stay away from this steep area along the descent. Your route up and down lies in the trees next to these cliffs.
You can also go for neighboring Rubicon or Jake’s Peaks from this parking spot with some creative route selection. Tree cover is thick down low, and you really need to know these peaks a bit before attempting this. If you go for Rubicon peak, avoid the steep gully shown with XX on our map. You won’t be able to climb the south side of Rubicon Peak either.